Ukraine pleads for help, says Russia wants to split nation


March 28, 2022

Marcus Yam, TNS - TNS

Anastasia Vakulenko, left, consoles Natalya Chikonova as they take shelter in an underground subway station in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 2, 2022.

LVIV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused the West of cowardice Sunday while another top official said Russia was trying to split the nation in two, like North and South Korea.

Zelenskyy made an exasperated plea for fighter jets and tanks to help defend his country from Russia's invading troops. Russia now says its main focus is on taking control of the eastern Donbas region, an apparent pullback from its earlier, more expansive goals, but one which is raising fears of a divided Ukraine.

Speaking after U.S. President Joe Biden said in a lacerating speech that Russian President Vladimir Putin could not stay in power - words the White House immediately sought to downplay - Zelenskyy lashed out at the West's "ping-pong about who and how should hand over jets" and other weapons while Russian missile attacks kill and trap civilians.


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